Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Eastern Panhandle Report #3

Participating in the Eastern Panhandle Legislative Caucus this morning were Delegates Larry D. Kump, Jonathan Miller, Tiffany Lawrence, Ruth Rowan, Eric Householder, Walter Duke, Daryl Cowles, John Overington, Gary Howell, and Senator Herb Snyder.

Martinsburg Mayor George Karos and Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin also attended the caucus meeting.

On behalf of the West Virginia Municipal League, Mark Baldwin asked the caucus to support legislation to do an in-depth study of West Virginia's property tax.

Excepting the "common ground" areas within homeowners associations from property taxes also was discussed. Legislation to further study and reform laws regarding homeowners associations is being drafted.

Mayor Karos expressed support for increased "real-time" reporting by pharmacies of sudafed sales. (Note: This proposal would not require a prescription to purchase sudafed.)

The ongoing development of the West Virginia "State Rail Plan" in regard to the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) was discussed.

SB 362, to provide funding for Cacapon State Park, is expected to receive a favorable Senate Committee report.

SB 347, to use some of the property transfer tax income to help fund Regional Jail costs, was discussed.

Legislation to provide more property tax relief for senior citizens and the disabled is in the process of being drafted.

Legislation to increase the number of state police and increase state police civilian salaries also is being drafted.

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